In order to find truth to anything, one must make multiple suggestions, ask many questions, and sometimes ponder the unspeakable. Without doing so, there would be no process of elimination; therefore, truth would be virtually unattainable. Now, in our attempts to either find truth, express our beliefs and opinions, or generally use the rights we are given constitutionally, we are often being criticized and even reprimanded. Our freedom to voice our opinion(s) is being challenged, as critics of free speech are taking offense to what seems like anything and everything merely controversial and arguably prejudice. As people continue to strive for a nation free of prejudice and discrimination, where everyone is equal, safe and
Freedom is defined as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. There are different forms of freedom, two of which are physical and mental freedom. People advocate the rights of both physical and mental freedom of others who can not. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Malala Yousafzai fought for physical freedom whereas John F. Kennedy fought for mental freedom. In order to be completely free, someone must posses both physical and mental freedom.
The United States of America was created by people who were not afraid to stand up for what they believed in. Together they fought, died, and built a new nation of freedom for all. However, the American Revolution would not have gained such widespread support without one man who believed in the freedom of speech. Thomas Paine risked his life to fight the British's censorship of the colonists and encouraged the people to fight back against the King's opposition. Paine fought for his ideals by illegally printing his book Common Sense, giving the people morale through The American Crisis, and becoming involved in the French Revolution through Rights of Man.
Referring to the utopian image created by John Winthrop of America as the “City Upon a Hill,” Reagan appeals to the inbred patriotism within each citizen. He calls to mind the greatness of America as a “Tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that [hum] with commerce and creativity.” (Reagan) He discusses the vision of the Pilgrims, the sacrifice of a young man on D-Day, these very foundations of the nation, and elicits in the listener the precise pure, patriotic feelings that, he argues, are necessary for the nation to prosper. These vivid images painted by Reagan paint a picture in the listeners mind of a “perfect” America and as a result, provoke those patriotic emotions which Reagan hope to promote in the American population.
Lewis sat quietly, thinking about the events from the day before. Nearly four years ago, his father, the brilliant and fair president, was discovered to be an illegal immigrant that never went through naturalization. When people heard about this, they were both outraged and concerned. Citizens across America were scared that the president wasn’t a trustful person the whole time, so they threatened to throw him out of the White House if he didn't resign peacefully. The President refused to leave and ordered the military to wipe out all the people threatening him, leading to absolute chaos. He hire assassins to get rid of opposing officials and created a totalitarian country for himself. President Norris changed the 1st Amendment out of paranoia and made it nearly impossible to oppose him. There was no way of criticizing the government or himself with press, assembly, and petition. He thought that he had so much control, that no one would speak against him, so he believed that it wasn’t necessary to remove the freedom of speech. As the president announced this, he thought that he was kind enough to give the people this freedom with the freedom of religion. Protesters fought
The Idea of “freedom from fear” has changed since the time of the famous “The four freedoms” speech by the late Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 but only on what the fear is. At the time the speech was given, America had isolationist policies that emerged at the end of World War I. Fears were deeply rooted in another economic decline as the nation had just experienced but also in a new threat. World War II was well under way and Roosevelt felt America should intervene to protect freedom and democracy. Now in 2017, almost 76 years later, the fear is focused on advancement in technologies and liberating people from under oppressive regimes and governments as said in a welcoming speech by President Barack Obama in 2012 .
Jill Lepore's "Flip-Flopping on Free Speech" indicates the drastic change in the perception of free speech among conservatives and liberals. Since Milo Yiannopoulos’ free speech event at UC Berkeley, undergraduate students have been protesting against conservative speakers due to a misleading ‘white supremacist’ generalization. I believe it is contradictory that conservatives are now pleading for free speech because Reagan’s intention is to regulate this right. However, I do not find it surprising that young liberals of our time fail to stress the first amendment to conservative speakers such as Ben Shapiro. In some cases, multiple protest groups and Conservatives abuse “freedom of speech” to voice their opinions through violence. For
By the time President Roosevelt delivered the “Four Freedoms” speech, Europe and the Pacific already had been deeply engulfed by World War ll. Policy of isolationism and neutrality laws adopted after WWI restrained the United States from intervening in conflicts in the beginning of WWII by banning the sale of armaments and munitions to belligerent countries, and by restricting Americans from traveling on belligerent vessels. Altering of the Neutrality Act in 1939 provided help to Allies by allowing the sale of munitions through “cash-and-carry” policy without declaring a war or bringing into action US army. After France was defeated in June 1940, Britain was practically left alone against the Axis powers and was in desperate need of the United
In essence, this was the belief that America was a great experiment, fraught with risk but animated by the conviction—as John Winthrop, the first governor of Massachusetts, famously described it in 1630 aboard a ship off the New England coast—that America should be ‘as a city upon a hill,’ the eyes of all people upon us, and if we should fail to make this city a beacon of hope and decency, and “deal falsely with our God,” we should be cursed (Chace, 2002: 2).
William Brennan, a staunch supporter of the human equality, viewed the Constitution as a vehicle to promote dignity for all. During his address at Georgetown, Brennan emphasized the importance human dignity when he stated, “the Constitution embodies the aspiration to social justice, brotherhood, and human dignity that brought this nation into being”. Although Brennan believed we made great strides in advancing human dignity for all, he acknowledged, “this egalitarianism in America has been more pretension than realized fact.” Threats to human dignity are continuous; therefore, Brennan believed that as a Supreme Court justice he must read the Constitution to help settle disputes that would inhibit the rights of the people.
Like most democratic nations in the world, the United States has had its own fair share of issues with hate speech. There has been a lot of controversy over whether hate speech should be regulated. In analyzing the concept of free speech, one cannot ignore that it does not occur in a vacuum. There have been all types of debasements ranging from ethnic, religious, racial and gendered stereotyping. Freedom of speech inherently includes all other fundamental human rights. Hence, as acknowledged through natural rights, other rights and personhood should adamantly be included within this scope of this protection. Hate speech is a limit on free speech, as it not only puts the victim under deliberate psychological and physical harm, but also
To his most vehement critics, the aforementioned opinions demonstrate “contempt for American institutions” and too little respect for the Constitution, yet Brennan never acted without historical justification. In the eyes of the justice, progressive positions on civil rights, as well as abortion and the death penalty, were entirely consistent with the Founding Fathers’ clear championing of personal dignity and freedom expressed in the Bill of Rights and the later adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment. As such, if the court failed to uphold these rights by taking an originalist approach to the Constitution, they would, paradoxically, delineate from the very spirit of the document. Although Brennan earned a reputation for being amicable and open to compromise on the court bench, an impassioned speech given at Georgetown University in 1985 revealed his true thoughts concerning his colleagues who favoured judicial restraint: “It is arrogant to pretend that from our vantage we can gauge accurately the intent of the Framers on application of principle to specific, contemporary
Artists across music genres are at the forefront of new protest songs in response to the rise of President Donald J. Trump and his words in the media. One political track, titled “Land of the Free” by Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, speaks to society through a bouncy beat in contrast to its blunt, politically-charged lyrics. Brooklyn based rapper Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott, otherwise known as Joey Bada$$, released his single “Land of the Free” on January 20, 2017, the day of President Trump’s inauguration. According to Scott, “Land of the Free” was inspired by African-American civil rights leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Dr. Umar Johnson, and Malcolm X (Scott, 2017, Land of the Free). In the song, Scott discusses the racism and prejudice today towards minority groups, especially African-Americans. He also touches on how former President Barack Obama’s presidency was not enough to cause big enough change on the inequality in America. The message in the track, along with the correlating album, “All-Amerikkkan Bada$$”, challenges Americans to speak up and “start a new coalition against corrupt politicians” (Scott, 2017, Land of the Free). Using the cluster analysis method, the song’s word choice is accurately analyzed since clustering the words gives the lyrics a fresh perspective on the political meaning, and it helps evaluate Scott’s motive for wanting change. Scott critiques the political indifference America has towards the ongoing issue of inequality using the key terms free, just,